Chester September 2 1710 [Saturday]
Joe will give you an account of me till I got into the boat, after which the rogues made a new bargain, and forced me to give them two crowns, and talked as if we should not be able to overtake any ship; but in half an hour we got to the yacht; for the ships lay by to wait for my lord-lieutenant's steward. We made our voyage in fifteen hours just. Last night I came to this town, and shall leave it, I believe, on Monday: the first man I met in Chester was Dr. Raymond. He and Mrs. Raymond were here about levying a fine, in order to have power to sell their estate. I got a fall off my horse, riding here from Parkgate, but not hurt; the horse understanding falls very well, and lying quietly till I got up. My duty to the Bishop of Clogher. I saw him returning from Dunlary; but he saw not me. I take it ill he was not at Convocation, and that I have not his name to my powers. I beg you will hold your resolution of going to Trim, and riding there as much as you can. Let the Bishop of Clogher remind the Bishop of Killala to send me a letter, with one enclosed to the Bishop of Lichfield. Let all who write to me enclose to Richard Steele, Esq., at his office at the Cockpit, near Whitehall. My Lord Mountjoy is now in the humour that we should begin our journey this afternoon, so that I have stolen here again to finish this letter, which must be short or long accordingly. I write this post to Mrs. Wesley, and will tell her that I have taken care she may have her bill of one hundred and fifteen pounds whenever she pleases to send for it; and in that case I desire you will send it her enclosed and sealed. God Almighty bless poor dearichar MD; and, for God's sake, be merry, and get a health. I am perfectly resolved to return as soon as I have done my Commission, whether it succeeds or not. I never went to England with so little desire in my life. If Mrs. Curry makes any difficulty about the lodgings, I will quit them. The post is come from London, and just going out, so I have only time to pray God to bless poor richar MD FW.
Address: To Mrs. Dingley, at Mr. Curry's House over against the Ram in Capel-street Ireland Dublin
Endorsements by (1) Above address: Sepr. 9th. Receiv'd
Esther Johnson: (2) To right, on fold: 1st.
MD Recd. this Septr. 9.